Top 4 NHL Teams To Watch In 2016/17

Top 4 NHL Teams To Watch In 2016/17

A few teams to keep your eye out for

The NHL season is upon us once again. It is the most wonderful time of year and there are plenty of reasons to be excited about this season. We saw the Pittsburgh Penguins have an incredible stretch of great hockey last year eventually enabling them to hoist the Stanley Cup. We also saw no Canadian team compete in the playoffs last year. Look for that to change this year as America's top hat has a load of talent on their respective rosters.

1. Calgary Flames

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Calgary is one of the most exciting teams to watch in the NHL. People seem to forget that 2 years ago they won a playoff series and were one of the hottest teams. They had an off year in 2015/16 and did not even get to the postseason. They have one of the best young cores and they just locked up Johnny Gaudreau for 6 more years. Look for them to contend for a playoff spot this year.

2. Edmonton Oilers

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The hockey world was shocked when the Oilers traded away former first rounder Taylor Hall to the New Jersey Devils. In doing this, they received some veteran leadership and some more size to their team. Connor McDavid was recently named captain, making him the youngest captain in NHL history. They also signed Milan Lucic giving them some scoring depth and physical presence. They may be a year or 2 away, but I expect them to have a turn-around season.

3. Chicago Blackhawks

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The Chicago Blackhawks are going to be a very interesting team to watch this year. They had to get rid of some players in order to not exceed cap space. This means new roles for younger players to play in. It will be interesting to see how these new guys will be able to fit into Coach Q's system.

4. Nashville Predators

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Nashville made a huge splash by swapping Shea Weber for PK Subban of the Montreal Canadiens. To me, it seems like a very even trade but maybe the Preds know something I don't. They beat the Anaheim Ducks in the first round of the playoffs last year and gave the Sharks a run for their money. I expect them to be back in the playoffs this year.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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Netflix's 'Set It Up' Taught Me an Important Lesson on Work Ethic

Little did I realize when I sat down to watch the movie on Netflix I would get a vital reminder.


Although I have a lot on my plate, like many other people I procrastinate. However, I procrastinated in the best way I can: catching up on Netflix. One of the first movies I caught up on this month is "Set It Up," a movie about two personal assistants, Harper and Charlie, who help their bosses date, so they can have some free time. Amidst the budding romances and unique dates, another topic captured my attention: their work lives. They strived to complete all of the required daily tasks in an attempt to gain promotions. I especially focused on Harper's story.

Harper worked as an assistant for the head of a sports page in hopes of eventually becoming a writer. However, she busied herself doing the daily tasks for her boss, Kiersten, and claimed she didn't have time to draft a single article. However, with Charlie's help, she realized she made excuses. Although she told herself her lack of writing was because of her busy job, it was really because of fear.

With writing as her greatest passion, it's no surprise Harper felt afraid of failing at her dream job. So, instead of running the risk of failing at her dream, she subconsciously decided not to try at all and remained absorbed in her work. Many audience members understand this problem. Whether it's writing articles, performing music, or other hobbies, you have two choices: working hard or not trying at all. Avoiding your problems may seem like the answer for the short-term, as it puts off the stress and other negative feelings. However, by not trying you ensure that you will fail. Hard work at the least ensures the possibility of success, and in the end, all of your efforts will make you stronger and ready for the next set of challenges.

Even when Harper started drafting, she stayed upset with herself. She complained to her roommate Becca about how all her drafts sounded terrible. Becca interrupted her to remind her that every work of art starts off as a bad draft. The hardest part of any project is the beginning. If you're overly hard on yourself, you'll never get over this difficult step. The first drafts are never the best drafts, so being perfectionistic will not help you achieve your goals.

By the end of "Set It Up," Harper finishes pieces that make her feel good enough to give to Kiersten. In conquering her fears, she could act on her passions, allowing herself to enjoy her work and succeed in her new position. The only way to act on our passions is by pushing our worries aside and doing what's important.

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